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Manhattan, KS | Bronze Level
Recent bicycling investment: The City constructed an underpass for an 18 mile continuous multi-use path that circles the city. The underpass at HWY 24 and Marlatt Road allows bicyclists to safely cross a high-speed 4-lane highway.
Bicycling highlights: Over the past year the City has diligently reviewed the success of other cities and then carefully analyzed its own needs. Through this process the City was able to completely re-imagine itself and develop a clear path to becoming a unique bike-friendly community by emphasizing what will work for its specific size, topography, and culture. The new plan was enthusiastically supported by community members and the city commission when presented at City Hall. The plan involves a complete "green grid" of streets and paths that will allow all types of cyclists to access all the major destinations of the city.
Percentage of arterial streets with dedicated bicycle facilities: 1%
Signature cycling events: Cycle CASA - road ride around Tuttle Creek Lake River Tails, Shootout - Mountain Bike Race, Barnyard Cross Cyclocross Race, daily rides of various kinds organized by bike shops and bike clubs.
Some coming bicycling improvements: The City of Manhattan is launching its bicycle boulevard network with a trial boulevard connecting Aggieville (the university business district) with "3rd Street" (the new downtown development). This project includes traffic calming strategies and way-finding signs with distance and time notifications.
Bicycle Friendly Community
Level Awarded: Bronze
BFC Since: 2012
Square Miles: 15.03
Contact: Joey Lightner
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